Awards joy for hospice staff and volunteers St. Margaret’s Hospice is celebrating being shortlisted in two categories of the Believe in Somerset Awards. Ian Williamson is a finalist for the Volunteer or Fundraiser of the Year accolade, while the Glitter Run is in contention for the Community Event of the Year title. As well as volunteering as a receptionist at our Yeovil hospice, Ian has raised thousands of pounds by taking part in several overseas treks. In return for donations to St. Margaret’s Hospice, he has given nearly 250 talks in the past two and a half years to Women’s Institutes, Rotary Clubs, U3As and many other groups across the region. Thanks to his infectious enthusiasm for travel, Ian’s talks have proved a very successful way of raising money for the hospice, as well as educating people about the work of our charity. The Glitter Run, which took place at Wincanton and Taunton Racecourses in May and June, attracted more than 2,000 participants to raise funds for St. Margaret’s Hospice. They enjoyed completing a 5k fun run while being sprayed with colourful, biodegradable glitter at a number of stations along the way. Winners of the Believe in Somerset Awards will be revealed in a ceremony at Haynes Motor Museum on Thursday 6 December. Meanwhile, Sonia Bateman has been named South West Fundraiser of the Year by the Institute of Fundraising. Events Fundraiser Sonia is responsible for organising our range of sponsorship events, including this summer’s hugely popular Glitter Run. Sonia, who has worked at St. Margaret’s Hospice for 13 years, said: “I am absolutely delighted to have won IoF’s South West Fundraiser of the Year. I love working at St. Margaret’s Hospice and I would like to thank the whole team who go the extra mile for our patients and their families.” Ann Lee, Chief Executive of St. Margaret’s Hospice, said: “I would like to thank the judges and organisers of these awards for this fantastic and well-deserved recognition for our staff and volunteers. “Ian’s tireless efforts to raise awareness and funds for St. Margaret’s Hospice are an inspiration to our 1,200 volunteers across Somerset. And I know how hard Sonia and her team of volunteers work to make our fundraising events so enjoyable for everyone who signs up to help us care for people across Somerset who are affected by life-limiting illnesses.” St. Margaret’s Hospice needs to raise over £9.5m a year to fund its end of life care services for people across Somerset. Last year the charity supported more than 3,800 people affected by life-limiting illnesses, including families and carers. To find out about our upcoming fundraising events, click here.